No traveler’s stay in Japan is complete without a stop in Kyoto. World-famous for its many shrines and temples built during the 1,000 years it served as the nation’s capital, this is arguably the best place to discover Japan’s incredibly rich spiritual and cultural heritage.
There are tons of things to do in Kyoto. But the downside is that popular sites are inevitably overcrowded. Elbowing your way through the mob in the mystical bamboo groves of Arashiyama or queuing for a selfie with the gleaming Golden Pavilion can take away from the magic of the Kyoto experience.
So — where to go to find your inner Zen and discover the authentic beauty of Kyoto?